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Jun 9, 2014 8:10 AM by Associated Press

East Ukraine rebel stronghold hit by shelling

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) - Several buildings have been damaged by shelling in an eastern Ukraine city controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

An AP reporter in downtown Slovyansk saw five buildings on Monday that had suffered heavy damage. Slovyansk has been the epicenter of a nearly two-month standoff between Ukrainian forces and the pro-Russian rebels, who have seized administrative buildings, police stations and border posts across the region.

Residents said the shelling happened on Sunday. Rebels have held the Ukrainian government responsible for the rising number of civilian casualties in the conflict, while Ukraine has insisted that the pro-Russian rebels are responsible for the bloodshed.

On Saturday, Ukraine's new president, Petro Poroshenko, was sworn into office, calling for armed groups to lay down their weapons and promising amnesty for those "without blood on their hands."

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